We are partway through our mini visual learning project (for EAL students) to support learning in the homeroom classrooms. Grade 5 students are currently learning about Migration in our UOI “Where we are in Place & Time”. During EAL pull-out time (40 mins each day) we’ve been revisiting vocabulary and concepts on this theme. iPads have recently been made available on a ‘sign-up’ basis, so we have taken on a new project during this time to turn our learning and understanding into an RSA-style animation.
Part 1: What is it?
“The RSA Animate series was conceived as an innovative, accessible and unique way of illustrating and sharing the world-changing ideas…”
As part of our learning journey, EAL students will be creating an RSA-style animation to illustrate their understanding of migration and reasons people move.
Central idea: “Migration is a response to risks and opportunities”
To get ‘motivated’ ourselves, we watched part of this RSA animation based on Daniel Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
Why are we doing it?
We talked about how “A picture is worth 1000 words” and that drawings & illustrations can help us understand an idea even more.
By illustrating a migration journey, EAL students will have the opportunity to use language in a different way and visualize the concept of ‘risks’ and ‘opportunities’…just 2 of the many new terms they have learned for this unit.
How will we do it?
1) Read “Living in a Foreign Land”
2) Take out the key ideas that link with our unit on Migration and organize them under these headings:
* New Words (what words are new to you in this text)
* Why they left
* Challenges in new home
* Keeping traditions in new home
3) Make connections to your family’s reasons for moving to Indonesia.
4) Practice illustrating your words…how can you turn text into pictures?
* Is it in order?
* Do the pictures illustrate what I am saying?
* Is it easy to understand?
6) Share and revise with FEEDBACK from class & teacher (stars and targets)